Indecent Exposure and Aggravated Indecent Exposure
Indecent Exposure charges are far more common than one might think. Of all the charges a person can face, few strike as much fear and embarrassment into the heart of a person facing it as either Indecent Exposure, or Aggravated Indecent Exposure. I have yet to meet a person facing either of these charges who was anything less than mortified, and sincerely remorseful about the whole thing.
If you are facing an Indecent Exposure or Aggravated Indecent Exposure charge in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne County, I can make things better for you. I have extensive experience with these cases in the 3 Metro-Detroit Counties. This section will contain a general examination of these the charges, independent of where they arise. In the sections that follow, I examine them County-by-County.
In a number of previous blog articles, I made a rather detailed examination of Indecent Exposure charges, beginning with simple Indecent Exposure, to comparing the key differences between simple, Misdemeanor Indecent Exposure and the more serious Felony charge of Aggravated Indecent Exposure.
Indecent Exposure is a Misdemeanor Offense, punishable by up to 93 days in Jail and a Fine of up to $500, plus Court costs. Often referred to as “simple” Indecent Exposure, this is the old familiar charge that typically refers to “getting caught with your pants down,” and encompasses things like being caught urinating behind the dumpster to outright “flashing.”
Aggravated Indecent Exposure, by contrast, is a Felony. This Offense carries a maximum of up to 2 years in the State Prison, and a Fine of up to $2000, plus Court Costs. “Aggravated,” in this situation, requires fondling one's genitals, meaning anything that could be described as a person’s “privates.”
Having Represented countless men charged with these Offenses in my Criminal Defense career spanning more than 2 decades, and having kept every single one of my Clients out of Jail in every case I've ever handled, I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on things.
Most Indecent Exposure charges are brought against men, have little or nothing to do with any sexual enterprise, and instead are the byproduct of some hidden stress or stresses in a person’s life that just gets the better of them at some point. Usually, some underlying pressure in their lives bubbles to the surface, causing them to “act out." Some cases involve a simple exposure, while others involving fondling behavior are done for "shock" value. By contrast, sometimes, the exposure is entirely unintentional.
In recent years, more of the cases I see are charges as “Aggravated” and involve an allegation of fondling. Sometimes, this is just an extension of that “shock value” element, while other times, the Police just happen upon a man trying for a little “alone time” in what turns out NOT to have been as private a place as he had hoped. This most often involves getting caught masturbating in a parking lot somewhere. For all the analysis we could do, the bottom line is that these things just happen...
Suddenly, however, confronted with the potential Legal consequences of an Indecent Exposure charge, the person cringes with fear and humiliation and regret. Often, the very “label” scares my Clients as much as the potential punishment.
All of my Clients who face an indecent exposure charge have jobs, and many of them have rather good jobs. Many have college degrees. Some have families, while others point to a breakup or divorce as part of the stress that led up to their “incident.” My Clients are almost always people who could honestly be considered men with a lot to lose.
When I am called, the degree of embarrassment and fear my Client is experiencing is palpable, and can almost be felt over the phone line. My first order of business is to help the Client calm down. I want them to know that, whatever else, I'm here to help them. I’ll keep them out of Jail. They’ll walk out the front door of the Courthouse with me, and not be led out the back door in handcuffs. I'll make sure we protect their Record, so that they aren't "branded" or followed for the rest of their lives by a moment of poor decision making. I understand the ramifications such a charge can have for a person's employment opportunities, and will work tirelessly to make sure this episode won't haunt them forever.
I realize that just picking up that phone and making the call takes a certain amount of grit and guts. If you are facing an Indecent Exposure charge, I can help you, and protect you. Once you call me, I'll take over, and put my you at ease, while I put the case in order. I'll need to get to know you, and find out how this whole situation came about, and how it fits into the bigger picture of your life. And that’s not just double-talk, either. It may seem, to you, at least, that the whole Court system is standing ready to pounce on you. I will make sure that doesn’t happen. Keeping you out of Jail is really the easy part for me; keeping your Record safe, and keeping you out of Counseling until the stars burn out is where my efforts really need to be directed. The last thing anyone wants is to get stuck with some difficult period of Probation and being Ordered into all kinds of classes or counseling.
My job is to limit the fallout of an indecent exposure charge as possible, and I do that quite well. I am often able to keep my Client’s Record clean limit what can seem like endless Counseling and other consequences Ordered by the Court.
While Indecent and Aggravated Indecent Exposure charges are more common than the reader may think, the results I produce in such case are nothing short of exceptional.